Errol Spence Jr believes Canelo Alvarez should steer clear from the paths of Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterviev, as he believes the undisputed super middleweight champion is having a hard time at 175.
At 175 Canelo’s pushing things too hard: Errol Spence Jr
Canelo is fresh off of a unanimous decision win over John Ryder on Saturday, 6th May at the Estadio Akron in, Guadalajara. The win marked the Mexican’s second in a row since losing to WBA Light Heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol last year.
While there are talks about a rematch with Bivol, and Canelo himself wants to have a second encounter with the Russian, Spence feels that going back to 175 might not be a wise step for Canelo to take, and aside from Bivol, Spence added that Canelo should also stay away from Artur Beterbiev- the unified titleholder at 175.
“I think that he (Canelo) should stay away from Bivol, and stay away from Beterbiev as well,” said Spence during a recent interview with ES News. “Come back to 168 and do his thing there, but I think at 175 he’s pushing things too hard. Canelo throws a lot of power shots. And I don’t think his punching power affects 175-pound fighters the way it affects smaller weights.”
As for the future of Canelo, the unified welterweight champion thinks a fight with Benavidez would be interesting.
“(With David) Benavidez would be a good fight because they’re both going to be facing each other,” Spence went on. “Canelo is probably more elusive but that would be a good fight.”
Although Spence didn’t watch Canelo’s fight with Ryder, of the few scenes he has seen in the recap, he said he liked it and was impressed by Canelo.
“I liked it,” Spence said. “ Canelo looked good with what I have seen. I saw the recap, but I didn’t see the fight.”
Lastly, Spence also addressed the recent discussion about who is the face of boxing, Gervonta Davis or Canelo.
“There are many faces to boxing,” Spence concluded. “Any (star) fighter who has a fight coming up soon becomes the face. If Canelo fights, he’s the face. If Terence (Crawford) has a fight, he’s the house. When I fight, I am the face. Any star fighter who has a fight is the face.”